We have been invited to a consultation with Network Rail regards 'Modernising Maintenance'. This includes proposals to change and/or remove certain working practices, and also consult on redundancies.
These talks will take place next Friday, 1st July, and TSSA Organisers and Lead Reps will attend these talks.
The invite to the consultations has initially been sent to the members of the National Maintenance Council, which covers general grades (for TSSA that means Bands 5-8 and equivalent within the Maintenance disciplines). However, the letter clearly shows that the proposed changes will have an impact on members in other areas of the business, not least our Bands 1-4 members and their colleagues in Works Delivery. As such we have asked that the invite is extended to Representatives from all affected areas of the business
Although we have agreed to attend, we have serious concerns about the 'Modernising Maintenance' reforms being proposed by Network Rail. The fact that the company is now clear that they are looking to consult on redundancies, makes our demand for a no compulsory redundancy agreement more important than ever.
No compromise on Job Security, T&Cs or Safety
Be assured, as your trade union, we will not be agreeing any attacks on your job security, your terms and conditions, and we will not be agreeing anything that we believe will have an adverse impact on our members, and their colleagues, health, safety or wellbeing. Nor will we be agreeing anything that we believe will compromise the safe running of the railway.
We are meeting with Network Rail today and are making challenges around the contents and implications of their letter and how it impacts on the current dispute.
We will update with you with more details once we have them. In the meantime, please vote yes in your TSSA ballot, please speak to your reps and please encourage any colleagues note yet a member of our union to join today – this is a crucial moment to have union representation.